Topics: Bible


I struggle with reading the Bible. Does this mean I'm being disobedient to God, or that I'll always be spiritually weak?


God gave us the Bible for a very important reason: to tell us who He is and what He has done for us, and also how we ought to live. This is why I urge people to make the Bible part of their lives, for God uses it to strengthen us spiritually. The psalmist wrote, "The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple" (Psalm 119:130).

But God knows your limitations, and He doesn't condemn you for them or blame you for not doing something you really can't do! God loves you, and more than anything else He wants you to grow in your love for Him. If you have accepted Christ and committed your life to Him, you've already taken the first step in that journey. And if you are unsure of your commitment to Him, take that first step by inviting Him into your heart and life today.

Then make it your goal to grow in your relationship with Christ. How do you do that? First, make prayer a part of your life every day. Become part of an active fellowship of believers also, because you need their encouragement and help.

In addition, let the Bible's truth take root in your soul—not only by reading it on occasion, but by hearing it preached and taught. Become part of a Bible study or discussion group; listen carefully and prayerfully to your pastor's sermons; take advantage of other opportunities to learn the Bible. The Bible says, "Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth" (Psalm 86:11).